Hitachino Nest White Ale, a white ale brewed with coriander and oranges by Hitachino Nest, settled a heavily carbonated, slightly cloudy green tea color with no head into the glass. The nose was led by strong wheat, coriander, and nutmeg aromas with some citrus tang in the background.
Hitachino Nest White Ale started dry and opened with coriander and bright, sweet orange citrus with a wheat funk in the background. There was an herbal, green tea aspect to the ale, and it was as crisp and punchy as sake, leaving the mouth feel very clean. Throughout drinking, big orange juice flavors persisted in the back of the mouth.
Hitachino Nest White Ale was an interesting experience… much more refined and crisp than most white ales and fearlessly coriander forward without tasting artificial or forced. While white/wheat ales may not be one of my favorite styles, Hitachino Nest is certainly my favorite offering of this style.